UNICEF Consultancy: Development of National Water - Sanitation and Hygiene Jobs in Kenya

UNICEF Consultancy: Development of National Water - Sanitation and Hygiene Jobs in Kenya


[Purpose of Activity/Assignment:

  • The main purpose of this consultancy is to support MOE to develop “National Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Strategy and costed action plan for Schools in Kenya for 2020-2024” including implementation (for systems strengthening and capacity building) as well as financial plans. This strategy will provide specific guidance for implementation of the hardware and software components of WASH in schools (WinS) as well as the required allocations by the Ministry of Education and other WASH sector partners. The action plan should be realistic and considering the conditions and situation in Kenya.

  • This Strategy should be comprehensive covering the various infrastructural as well as institutional strengthening and capacity development components that would further enable progress for results in WASH in Schools. Ideally, this strategy and costed action plan should integrate WinS within existing strategic directions as well as on-going programs of the MoE (national to sub-national coordination), such as CFS, GPE, etc.

  • The strategy will establish the coordination and policy environment for the government and development partners to work together to achieve practical and timely national goals that are aligned with global standards and goals. The Ministry of Education will remain the lead Ministry and responsible for ownership of the strategy. This will also guide institutional capacity to absorb investments in a more effective manner to have standard approaches in achieving targets and to sustain the delivery of services through integrated approach. Further the strategy and action plan shall harmonize the working approach at the operational level.

    Goal and Objective

  • The main objective of this consultancy is to support MOE develop a comprehensive “National Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Strategy and costed action plan for Schools in Kenya for 2020-2024” that contribute to achieve the goals of MOE reflected in the overall strategic plan for Education.

    The specific objectives expected:

  • Enhance the enabling environment for WASH in schools specifically in terms of establishing clear implementation guidelines and standards that are endorsed to be used nationwide, as well as advocate for resource mobilization (from donors and other partners) and government allocations; the strategy and action plan will outline specific targets to be reached within the time frame

  • To provide recommendations for the strategic positioning of WASH in schools in Kenya, and relevant roles and responsibilities of relevant departments and authorities of MoE. MOWSI, MOH and partners.

  • To develop road map to apply 3-star approach according to the guideline and context of the country.

    Reference to RWP areas/UNDAF output covered

  • This project component aligns with the UNICEF (2018-2020) Outcome 2 (improved Early learning and Education); Output 2.2 - By 2022 An increased number of schools, in at least 10 disadvantaged counties provide access to gender sensitive water and sanitation facilities and health and hygiene education, including MHM

  • Activity 2.2.3; Provide technical support in development of National WASH in schools strategy and costed action plan.

    Activities and Tasks

  • The consultant will review the global, regional and national documents. Global WASH strategies, JMP report on WASH in Schools, MTSP, UNDAF priorities, as well as National policies: 5-year Strategic Plan of MOE, National school Health policy and guidelines, MHM policy and strategy; standards and guidelines for WASH infrastructure in schools, Basic Education Act and other relevant documents.

  • Engage in various bilateral discussions, joint consultations with line ministries (MOE, Ministry of Water, Sanitation and Irrigation (MWSI), MOH), UN agencies, key donors and other major bilateral stakeholders such as WB, GTZ, JICA, CIDA and International NGOs (World Vision, CARE, AMREF, KEWASNET, MWA, OXFAM etc).

  • Conduct two formal consultation workshops with key stakeholders to present the draft and final strategy and costed action plan document for input and validation by various stakeholders.

  • The consultant will travel to 3 counties in Kenya and visit selected schools, discussions with teachers, students, parents/school Boards of Management, Subcounty, county and Regional Directors of Education, subcounty and county water and Health officers.

  • Development of monitoring sheets (integration of WASH criteria in the monitoring sheet of Quality assurance Officers-MOE, review of NEMIS form for WASH Indicators)

  • Finalize the National WASH strategy and costed action plan for schools in Kenya and launched by MOE for implementation.

  • The consultant will review the EMIS and identify gaps in data collection for WASH through EMIS.

  • The consultant will review reporting mechanism on yearly basis on the situation of WASH in schools in the Ministry of Education and propose solutions to the gaps.

  • Consultant will look at the quality and management aspects currently being implemented in schools and identify gaps with proposed solutions.

    Work Relationships

  • The consultant will report to the Chief of WASH and WASH specialist in charge of the project management. The KCO WASH Specialist (Institutions) will be responsible for the following: establishing contacts between the consultant and key stakeholders; making available copies of government documents and facilitating access to internal documents; organising the consultation workshop. This consultancy will not require ethical clearance. The consultant is expected to engage with line ministries, UNICEF and other stakeholders through consultations and the various workshops.

    [Outputs/Deliverables

  • Inception report with detailed methodology, workplan, timelines and milestones, proposed options for structuring and content of the final document.
    literature review (published and grey literature) report on situation of Wins in Kenya and globally.

  • Draft WASH strategy and costed action plan document, accompanying PowerPoint presentation, and consultation workshop report with WinS stakeholders in Nairobi.

  • A monitoring tool which makes it possible to monitor the progress of the indicators in the strategy and action plan

  • Final WASH strategy and costed action plan document and validation workshop report with Wins stakeholders in Nairobi.

    Required Qualifications, Desired Competencies, Technical Background and Experience

    (Consult with HR on this prior to signing off on the TOR)Education: Academic qualifications and required level of education;

  • Advanced university degree in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Public Health, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Geology, Hydrology, Sanitation Engineering, or a field relevant to international WASH related development assistance.

  • Qualified WASH specialist, and or social science background with competency or specialization in gender, social inclusion, equity, results-based programming, humans rights approach in the WASH sector.

  • Additional training in Health Education or Communication for Development (Programme Communication), an asset.

    Specialist skills/Training: State the specialized skills and/or training if needed;

  • Strong analytical skills

  • Excellent communication and writing skills

  • Minimum 15 years working experience in the area of WASH in school. Experience in WASH in school strategy formulation.

  • Previous experience in supporting countries in developing WASH related policies, strategies and implementation plans.

  • Familiarity with SDGs, child friendly school (CFS) concept and other related global trends and priorities, most up-to-date country experiences.

  • Previous experience of developing strategy and implementation plans in this specific field.

    Languages required: any specific language requirements

  • High standard of written and verbal English language skills

  • Familiarity with the local social and cultural context is highly recommended

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; UNICEF Consultancy: Development of National Water - Sanitation and Hygiene Jobs in Kenya




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